i recieved this email from R10jcc1@wpo.cso.niu.edu ; i believe from the French American genealogy society concerning the marriage of Joseph laferriere to Ovida Tessier
It certainly looks like we are in the same Tessier family, but we are
only collateral cousins, not lineal cousins. If I knew more about your
line, I could figure out the exact degree of cousinhood we share.
Meanwhile, here is what I found about your ancestors, so far.
Joseph Laferriere married Ovida Tessier from Ste Elisabeth's.
Joseph L. died on June 2, 1950 at the age of 77 years, 3 months and 17
days. He was buried on June 5, 1950, at St. Felix. Witnesses to his
burial were: Arthur St Georges, Narcisse Laferriere and Raoul Laforest.
His wife,Ovida Tessier, had died 11 years earlier.
Ovida Tessier died on September 8, 1939, at the age of 62 years, 11
months and 23 days. She was buried at St. Felix on September 11. The
only witness recorded for her burial is her husband, Joseph.
Ovida was originally from Ste Elisabeth's. She was born to Severin
Tessier, a farmer, and Azilda (Exilda) Caisse on May 22, 1875. Ovida's
godparents were Hyacinthe Mousseau and his wife, Felecite Joly (of
Berthier). (I am related to Severin, also to Felecite Joly, if I recall
No other children were found at Ste Elisabeth for Severin and Azilda,
and no burials either. Severin and Azilda moved to St. Felix and
Severin became a mailman over there. They had the following children at
St Felix. They are Ovida's sisters and brothers:
J. Albert, born and baptized January 26, 1884. Godparents were Alexis
Joly and his wife, Octavie Tessier ( I am connected to them too. My
grandfather Tessier's mother was a Joly). This baby died on March 9 and
was buried March 10. Witnesses were Joe Caron and Baptiste
J. Albert Jules Armand, born on February 25, 1885. Godparents were
Albert Olivier and Angelina Caisse.
M. Antoinette, born and baptized February 18, 1886. Her godparents
were Nelson-Horace Poitras (a manufacturer) and his wife, Elie Caisse.
M. Blanche Juliette, born May 1, baptized May 2, 1888. Her godparents
were Arthur Caisse Marchand (of Berthier) and his wife, Elisabeth
M. Louise Emerentienne, born March 31 and baptized April 1, 1893.
Godparents were: Aristide Ferland, a medical student, and his mother,
Louise Caisse. Aristide was the son of Louis Ferland and M. Louise
Caisse of Ste. Elisabeth. This baby girl died on September 24 and was
buried September 26, 1894. She was 1-1/2 years old. That funeral was
witnessed by her father and Pierre Coutu.
An unnamed baby boy was born and buried on March 2, 1883. Witnesses
were Baptiste Lachappelle and Onesime Robillard.
I am very interested in ARISTIDE FERLAND. My grandmother's sister,
Alma Genereux, married him. I have photos of him and some of his
descendants. I've been to Auntie Alma's home in Montreal and vacationed
with her and her descendents at the beach. She visited us in RI as
well. I never met her husband, Aristide, he died before my time. I knew
his daughter Yvonne Emerencienne. I was very small, but I remember
these people. Lately, I've been trying to find out more about his
medical practice. He moved his family to Montreal to work there, but I
cannot find what hospital he was associated with or anything about his
medical career. Aristide's parents were highly respected people in Ste
Elisabeth's. I'm trying to find out why....DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT
ARISTIDE FERLAND AND HIS PARENTS AND BROTHERS?
His grandchildren would be my age now, but I haven't found them yet. I
want to write to them.
I think Severin and Azilda had more kids than that. There are gaps in
record. People were having a new baby every year or two in those
They didn't usually go 5 years before the next child. My guess is
after leaving Ste Elisabeth, they lived somewhere else, before moving
to St Felix. I think a few kids were born somewhere else. Maybe not,
that sometimes happened.
By the way, when you search for your relatives, don't forget to check
ALL the possible spellings and dit names. Hervieux also appears as
Arvieux, and Harvieux. And Laferriere is often written as
Aurez-Laferriere or just plain Aure or Aurez. This makes our job very
tough. If we don't check them all out, we miss some people that we
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